\ ˈvīn How to pronounce vine (audio) \

Definition of vine

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : a plant whose stem requires support and which climbs by tendrils or twining or creeps along the ground also : the stem of such a plant
b : any of various sprawling herbaceous plants (such as a tomato or potato) that lack specialized adaptations for climbing


vined; vining

Definition of vine (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

: to form or grow in the manner of a vine

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Examples of vine in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Below, Di-vine inspiration to move beyond the comfort zone. Laird Borrelli-persson, Vogue, "Princess Dressing: 13 Diana-Worthy Spring Looks for Fans of The Crown," 14 Nov. 2020 If any of the clematis are overgrown, cut the vine back by about half to rejuvenate it while sacrificing the earliest blooms that occur on the old stems. Tim Johnson,, "Knowing when to prune clematis vines depends on which type your garden has," 7 Nov. 2020 An invasive vine that hasn't been seen in the United States in six decades has been spotted in Stearns County. Star Tribune, "Minnesota briefs: Zebra mussels found near Elk River," 26 Sep. 2020 The squash is hard because it is fully ripened on the vine instead of being picked before the seeds and rinds begin to harden. Tribune News Service, cleveland, "Ways to enjoy the winter squashes of autumn," 3 Nov. 2020 But unfortunately the change in agriculture (a boom in the vine, hops, and orchard industries) has resulted in huge habitat loss across the state. Matt Hardinge, Outdoor Life, "5 Western States to Hunt for the Ultimate Upland Road Trip," 30 Oct. 2020 Throughout the spring and summer most of the foods necessary for growth of a tree, shrub or vine are made in the leaves. Jim Gilbert, Star Tribune, "Relish this time of year and our illuminated woods," 1 Oct. 2020 The downside, however, may be fewer ice wines, which must be harvested when the grapes are frozen on the vine. Washington Post, "Climate change has affected 2020 wine harvests around the globe. Growers are concerned.," 23 Oct. 2020 Cut the pumpkin from the vine with pruning shears, leaving about 3 to 4 inches of stem on the fruit. Jim Gilbert, Star Tribune, "When you think symbols of autumn, start here," 22 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of vine


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2


1796, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for vine


Middle English, from Anglo-French vigne, from Latin vinea vine, vineyard, from feminine of vineus of wine, from vinum wine — more at wine

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The first known use of vine was in the 14th century

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20 Nov 2020

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“Vine.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Nov. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of vine

: a plant that has very long stems and that grows along the ground or up and around something (such as a wall or tree)


\ ˈvīn How to pronounce vine (audio) \

Kids Definition of vine

: a plant whose stem requires support and which climbs by tendrils or twining or creeps along the ground

Other Words from vine

vinelike \ -​ˌlīk \ adjective

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